The Flight Edit view is where you can access detailed information about a flight and make changes to it.

1. Editing or Creating a New Flight

Click the Edit button to the right of any flight in the Flights List to enter the Edit view for that flight, or click New Flight in the top-right corner of the Flights List to create a new flight from scratch. You can also create a new flight from within the Edit view of a previous flight using the Next Flight button at the top of the view; learn more about Next Flight here.

2. Page Layout

The Flight Edit view has a streamlined, form-based layout that elevates the most important details of a flight for quick reference. The Flight Edit view can be seen as having several distinct components, each with its own function and purpose.

Flight Summary

The blue bar at the top of the view provides an overview of the flight’s details and performance results, including the departure and destination airports, aircraft tail number, ETD, ETE, total wind component for the route, fuel required to reach the destination, ETA, and total route distance. The Flight Summary will only populate once enough information is provided to allow performance calculations for the flight, chiefly the aircraft, departure and destination airports, and ETD. The Flight Summary will then update with new performance results any time the flight’s details are changed. The Next Flight button to the right of the Flight Summary allows you to create a new flight automatically populated with details from the current flight. The next flight button is first shown after your current flight has been saved.

Flight Details

The left-hand portion of the Flight Edit view is where you enter and modify the details of the flight.

The Flight and ATC Data tabs at the top of the Details section allow you to change the view based on the type of data you want to view or change:

Flight Tab - Contains details affecting the route and flight performance, and the ATC Data tab contains details pertaining to flight plan filing and messages from ATC. The Flight tab is organized to start with General flight details at the top, such as aircraft, airports, and departure time, then move through Fuel details, Load and Crew details, ETP/ETOPS details, and Route details at the bottom, including the Route List. Some of the sections in the Flight tab are hidden by default, such as the Advanced Fuel Options and ETP/ETOPS sections; click the (Show) button to expose those sections.

ATC Data Tab - Provides access to flight plan filing information and options, such as the flight type and flight rules, the Remarks field and other specialized filing codes, the AFTN addresses to which the flight plan will be sent when filed, and any filing messages received from ATC at the bottom.

Files / Flight Attachments - Add custom files to a flight on Dispatch by clicking on the Files tab while planning a flight. Simply drag and drop the files you would like to add to the flight into the upload box, or click on the box to browse and select files. This makes sending important information and documents to your pilots easy and efficient. Once the flight plan is released (or within minutes if the flight is already released) any files added here will become available to all crew members assigned to the flight within the Files tab at the top of the Flights view in ForeFlight Mobile. Crew members can then view, annotate, or print the files for inflight use.

Supported file types: pdf, tiff, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, bmpf, txt, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, csv, pages, key, and numbers.

Flight Documents 

In the upper-right part of the Flight Edit page are a number of buttons allowing you to view documents for the flight. The Navlog and Briefing each have their own button, and the More dropdown allows you to access additional documents such as the ICAO Document, Overflight Report, NOTAM and WX documents, and the Route Report.
The Refresh button to the left of the Document buttons allows you to manually refresh the flight’s performance calculations to pull in the most recent information.

Flight Results 

Just below the Flight Document buttons are three tables containing detailed performance results for the flight. The top table shows flight performance to the airports in your route (including the destination airport and any alternates), such as distance, time enroute and time of arrival, wind components, and fuel required. The lower-left table provides information about aircraft weight and compares the calculated weight values against each of the aircraft’s weight limits. The lower-right table provides information about fuel quantities and their associated flight times.

Airport Results:

  1. Dist - Total flight distance based on the selected route
  2. GCD - Great circle distance
  3. ETE - Estimated time enroute
  4. ETA - Estimated time of arrival
  5. Wind - Average wind component for selected routing
    (H - headwind T - Tailwind)
  6. Fuel - Required fuel from Departure to Destination (No reserves)

Weight Results:

  1. Basic weight - Basic empty weight of the aircraft
  2. Payload - Weight of people and cargo onboard
  3. ZFW - Zero fuel weight, the total weight of the aircraft before useable fuel is added.
  4. Total Fuel - Total fuel, including reserves, required for flight
  5. Ramp weight - Weight of the aircraft at engine start
  6. Taxi Fuel - Estimated fuel required to reach the end of the departure runway and from the end of the destination runway to parking.
  7. TOW - Takeoff weight. The estimated weight of the aircraft at the beginning of the takeoff run.
  8. Dest fuel - Required fuel from departure to the destination (no reserves)
  9. LDW - Landing weight. The estimated weight of aircraft at touchdown.

Fuel Results:

  1. Taxi Fuel - Estimated fuel required to reach the end of the departure runway and from the end of the destination runway to parking.
  2. Required fuel from departure to the destination (no reserves)
  3. Alternate - Fuel required to reach an alternate airport
  4. Reserve - Total calculated reserve fuel
  5. Min required - Minimum legal fuel required (based on flight rules)
  6. Extra - Additional fuel after alternate reserves
  7. Landing - Fuel remaining at destination (total of reserves and alternate fuel)
  8. Total - Total fuel required for the trip.

 Route Map 

The lower-right part of the Flight Edit page contains an interactive map showing your route and any charts or weather layers you’ve selected. All available route options are shown on the map, with non-selected routes appearing in gray. Click the Show/Hide Route Options buttons to show or hide non-selected routes. Click the Layer Selector button in the top-left to enable or disable different charts and weather layers and adjust map settings, including changing the map’s theme and customizing the Aeronautical Map. Click the Expand Map button in the top-right of the map to fill the center portion of the screen with the map, and click the button again to return it to its original size. The map will automatically recenter on your route each time you do this. The map will also show information for ETP, ETOPS, or SETOPS planning if you’ve enabled those settings and added ETP airports as necessary. Learn more about ETP / ETOPS / SETOPS here.

Chart Layers:

  1. Aeronautical
  2. Street Map
  3. Satellite
  4. U.S. IFR (low)
  5. U.S. IFR (high)
  6. Canada IFR (low)
  7. Canada IFR (high)

Weather Layers

  1. Radar (Composite)
  2. Radar (Lowest Tilt)
  3. Enhanced Satellite
  4. Color IR Satellite
  5. Icing (US)
  6. Icing (Global)
  7. Turbulence (US)
  8. Turbulence (Global)
  9. Surface Analysis

Map Settings

  1. Map Theme
  2. Airports
  3. Airspace
  4. Airways
  5. Oceanic Tracks
  6. ARTCC / FIR

 Flight Status

The footer of the Flight Edit view contains information about the flight’s current status and buttons to change the status. The left of the footer shows whether and when the flight was released, whether the flight was filed, the last action taken on the flight by a user in Dispatch, and additional flight messages or details such as EDCT messages or recall numbers. The buttons on the right of the footer allow you to Save the flight with new changes, Release the flight to crew members, and File, Amend, or Cancel the flight.

3. Refreshing Flight Calculations / Data

Dispatch will automatically refresh a flight’s performance calculations every time you make a change to the flight, even if that change doesn’t directly impact the flight’s performance, such as changing the selected destination FBO. Dispatch will not automatically refresh performance calculations on a regular basis if no changes are made to the flight, so a flight’s information may become “stale” after a long period of time without changes. You can manually refresh the flight’s calculations by clicking the Refresh button to the left of the Flight Document buttons. Spinner animations appear on the Route Map, Flight Results section, and Refresh button while Dispatch is rerunning performance calculations to let you know that the refresh is occurring. Refreshing a flight will also refresh its documents, so there may be a slight delay in loading a document immediately after the flight is refreshed. If any part of the flight crosses EUROCONTROL-administered airspace, Dispatch will also re-validate the flight against EUROCONTROL rules whenever it refreshes the flight’s performance calculations. EUROCONTROL validation often takes longer than performance calculations for long flights, so the EUROCONTROL Valid indicator in the page’s footer will show a spinner animation while the route is still being validated.

4. Flight Warnings & Errors

The Flight Edit view will display a number of warnings and errors when there are problems with your flight.

5. Saving Flights

Dispatch allows you to save new flights and changes to existing flights using the Save button in the bottom-right of the Flight Edit view. If you create a new flight and leave the page before hitting Save, the flight will not appear in the Flights List and all details of the flight will be lost. New flights only appear on the Flights List after they have been saved. Similarly, if you make changes to an existing flight and leave the page before saving it, those changes will not be applied. Dispatch will display a confirmation message when you try to leave the Flight Edit page if there are unsaved changes to the flight. Click Cancel to stay on the page and click Leave to leave the page and discard your changes.
Saving a flight that has not been released to crew members will not release the flight, but saving a flight that has been released will cause the flight’s details and documents to update on crew members’ devices.